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Grateful Dead Live at Dane County Coliseum on 1981-12-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Dane County Coliseum on 1981-12-03

Set 1

Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Loser-> CC Rider, Althea, Beat It On Down The Line, Cassidy, Deep Elem Blues, I Need A Miracle-> Bertha

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Black Peter-> Around & Around-> Johnny B. Goode, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Dane County Coliseum
Location Madison, WI

Source SBD -> Cassette Master -> Reel -> Dat (48k)
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats


Reviewer: DustTizzle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2016
Subject: Baby Blue
I listen to a show in Grateful Dead history everyday on here. Well maybe a few shows from this day in history because I can hear the evolution and different stages of the band. I've been really into the early 80's as of late. But this show is good no doubt... Heading to the Uptown Theater next
Reviewer: Niass200 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2016
Subject: I knew this had toexist
neverevenbeen to Madison, but I heard its a coolplace or was I the past, nowadays Wisconsin must be hard for non Republicans,but I digress, this is good. Period and Thanks again to the master. Taper, even God listens to CM versions, as he/she/it knows these are the best and when you find one like this and you have time to actually listen you can say you always knew which rock and roll band is was and will be the best. Its That one. Rating I don't dig likert scales I give it a umm 7-8 I didn't see any shows til 82 how would I know I think 10/12/84 is the best show in the 80's but that is probably not true when 9/11/83 exists....and others...... but sounds good on many levels, even the cow tipping allusions are very well done. 4 stars at least. 4.169302 How do I get there from here?
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2016
Subject: Back in Madison,
a hardcore Dead area.

First Set. Starts with PA problems, flubs, sub par playing, but slowly gets better until the final sequence, which is incredible. Jer takes an extra measure on Big River but the first that really gels is Loser. Althea has some neat sections, though it's not one of the spry or punchy versions; the same for Beat it on Down the Line-13. Cassidy is much better and that would signal the end - but wait, there's more! A terrific Deep Elem and Miracle into Bertha is a golden sequence. The latter takes risks that pay off big with glorious teetering explosions.

Second Set. Scarlet>Fire is average '81 fare. By Estimated you can see that Jer is great but Bobby is having an iffy show. It takes awhile but He's Gone pays off big. Truckin' has the dated sex change lyric but the end jam is fine. Black Peter, however, is a stone classic version. There are Double Berrys and then an It's All Over Now Baby Blue that has been deemed classic (and IT is as good as 12/31/84).

1st Set:  B-
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3½ stars

Deep Elem Blues - this is how it's done
Bertha - exciting version
He's Gone - a 15 min monster
Black Peter - it came out original this night
It's All Over Now Baby Blue - perhaps a top-ten-ever version

SOURCES: The munder.6143 is an impressive AUD for '81 but runs too fast. The miller.108335 has clarity, correct pitch and perfect patches. It's All Over Now Baby Blue is on Postcards of the Hanging.
Reviewer: kbmill - - November 12, 2015
Subject: bread crumb
Oh sweet mama, daddy's got them Deep Elem Blues!
Reviewer: JPM67 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2014
Subject: could it be?
Is this the Baby Blue that was in Dylan's Masked & Anonymous?
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2014
Subject: Slammin' Show
Outstanding show and outstanding quality. Thank you Charlie and Rob for sharing this. I used to have a tape of this that I played until it quit. What a treat to hear it again with much better fidelity (I don't remember the whistle coming in quite so distinctly on my tape, but it catches your attention here).

They were just smoking this night. Jerry's lead in Bertha is exquisite: Blisteringly fast, yet with Jerry still managing to bend his notes, and just note perfect. Amazing stuff.

The Scarlet-->Fire is a superior version. Actually, most of the songs are way above average -- they were really hot.

Even if you tend to just listen to their early stuff, you want this show.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2014
Subject: SCARLET>FIRE!!!!
Apologies for not commenting on the show as a whole, but I have to review this because it was a truly remarkable listening experience that only a select few Dead performances have provided me.

I've been on a pretty big Scarlet>Fire kick, and while I've have heard a ton of awesome new-to-me versions, this particular segue is just unbelievable. It's a masterpiece of jazzy and melodious "noodling" that takes you on a journey through musical heaven like only Jerome John Garcia can provide. Oh yah, and the Fire has some hot jamming too. This beats 11/30/80, 5/11/81, and 8/8/82 for my new favorite S>F of the Brent era.

And...if you aren't bothered too much by my hyperbole, hopefully you will do yourself the favor of checking this out as well :)
Reviewer: grasshopperak - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2010
Subject: woo hoo

i dig the black peter, an extra jam on its tale

oh, the thing above is a nice friend

this show is another great offering from the most fabulous Charlie Miller give that man a hand, woo hoo thank you
Reviewer: spacecowboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2010
Subject: In Mad-Town listening to a hot Mad-Town show!
Charlie, you have done it again. Wow! This show sounds great. Thank you for sharing a classic show from the Frozen Tundra Tour. I wish Phil was a bit more present in the mix but hey I am not complaining (just a personal preference). I pass the Dane County Coliseum every day on the way to work. It is your classic dome that looks like a giant onion. The Dead always stepped up and performed well in Madison - 73,78,81,83. Check this one out for sure.
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